Mimi’s major payday makes her the highest paid judge in reality television. Right behind her is Britney Spears and Howard Stern, who makes $15 million each for their work on The X Factor and America’s Got Talent, respectively. (For comparison: Christina Aguilera makes $10 million for The Voice, while Demi Lovato nabbed $1 million for The X Factor.)
Who do you think Idol will hire for the other two judges’ positions (assuming that Randy Jackson isn’t coming back)? Or rather, the question really is — who can they even afford?